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    11-07-2008, 07:59 PM
Draft horses are like any other horse.
They generaly don't need much food for their size (my standie needs about twice as much as my dads draft, both same height, the draft waaay bigger in width)

They're generaly a bit special in their heads tho.. calm but stubborn, a bit slow since they need time to decide wether they should actually listen to you this time or not, intelligent and patient.

They can be great horses for the right person.. I love their looks but can't stand their minds (I want a horse that's light to move, sensetive, fast to respond and doesn't have to think three minutes before he decides if it's worth the trouble listening :P Others, like my dad, likes a horse that has a lot of ''own will'', is safe, does as it's told but not much more unless it's something really fun, and ties more to one person.) Not that a draft can't be sesetive.. all horses can, but it's just not the same. X) It's impossible to describe if you don't know it..
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    11-07-2008, 08:03 PM
Salon: why not grain? (and is there anything special you concider grain,or is that oat, barley etc etc?)
When the horses worked in the fields all day, they got a lot of oat and they was fine abou it. But concidering how little work we put them through today, most doesn't ned it.
And no horse is really made to eat grain anyway, too much.. uh,, ''stärkelse''.. >_> But if the hay isn't enough..
(like Crow, even with free acess to hay he need 1-2kg barley to keep his weight.. I don't like feeding grain but what to do?)
    11-07-2008, 08:41 PM
FYI - Gentle giant is myth!
    11-10-2008, 11:33 PM
Green Broke
The drafts that I've met have always been gentle giants
    11-12-2008, 04:49 PM
I bought my 3 year old Percheron Gelding about 4 months ago. I am not new to horses in anyway but I am new to draft horses. Leo is special, he is slow and gentle, but he can get wild when he is fresh. We have ridden him a few times, he did great but seemed to be very excited.

As far as feeding, he is on pasture 24/7, and he gets grain twice a day. Same amount as my other horses. He is currently 17.3 hands and weighs about 2500 lbs. He is healthy and very sound.

The only difference I can see from a regular horse is, you need a bigger stall, bigger tack and a bigger wallet when it comes to the farrier. My farrier charges triple for a draft then for a regular horse. But she (yes my farrier is a female) does not use stocks for him. All my horses a barefoot, and will always be barefoot. I do not show, or ride on hard ground without my Easy Boots.

So I would do some homework before buying one of these beautiful animals, but once you do, they will steal your heart. Our big guy will be with us for a long time.
    11-12-2008, 06:31 PM
Are you sure he needs grain twice a day? They're usually very easily fed.. and hard to ''diet'' down if they gain too much..
    11-12-2008, 07:58 PM
Solon . . . I have a half belgian . . . And he gets grain (not much though) . . . Whats wrong with grain . . . Just curious
    11-13-2008, 12:39 PM
Originally Posted by Zab    
Are you sure he needs grain twice a day? They're usually very easily fed.. and hard to ''diet'' down if they gain too much..
I spoke with my vet when we first got him, she suggested twice a day, and only about 2lbs per feeding. Since he is on free range pasture all day, two pounds in the morning and two pounds at night seems to work with him. My other 6 year old mare, gets the same thing, but my older mare (31 years old) and 2 year old get about 3-4lbs twice daily, due to weight gain.

My horses only get hay in the winters, we have enough pasture with good fescue and alfafa to sustain them even without grain during the summer. I feel better if I go ahead and give them the grain that way I know they get the minerals and vitamins they need. And yes I will say, they are alittle spoiled.
    11-13-2008, 01:00 PM
I love drafts myself, as I'm a heavy set rider I feel more comfortable on a big horse. We have a few. Price range varies a great deal on where you go. I see your in GA, how far from TN are you? I happen to be going to look at some drafts for sale I'm hoping to trade our American Cream for a Shire or Clydesdale this weekend. He has a ton of drafts. If you are willing to drive to TN to look at some I can take a picture of all his sale horses and email them to you to see if you think it's worth it.

Care on drafts can vary a great deal. My rescue shire requires 2 scoops of a pelleted complete feed once a day and then shares 2 bales of hay with 10 other horses. They are out on 15 acers, however by now it's mostely eatten down. We have an American Cream draft who if she even looks at grain can gain weight. We just give her a few handfulls because everyone else gets some. The biggest issue we have is finding a good farrier. Most farriers are afraid of them around us, so be preapred to work on that with your draft.

Here's my shire

Here's our American Cream
    11-13-2008, 01:43 PM
I acutally asked one of the Budwiser Clydes grooms what they feed, and they told me it was something like Safe Starch from Triple Crown. Purina Mills also has some new products that I'm impressed with as well.

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